LS bypolls first litmus test for JDSCongress coalitionLS bypolls first litmus test

first_imgregional elections political candidates COMMENT SHARE October 16, 2018 (Top deck) Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and his predecessor Siddaramaiah (file photo) Parties to battle for Shimoga, Bellary and Mandya constituenciescenter_img Published on elections SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Anil UrsAs battle lines are drawn for by-elections in three Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, it is the first litmus test for Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition.All eyes are on Shimoga and Bellary Lok Sabha seats.While the JDS-Cong coalition will have to work together to wrest Shimoga and Bellary from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Mandya seat is set to go the JD(S) for it is reigning supreme in the district. The Congress withdrew from the BJP-held Shimoga and offered the seat to its partner JD(S).The battle of threeChildren of three former chief ministers — BS Yedurappa’s son BY Raghavendra, S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa, and JH Patel’s son Mahima Patel will compete for the Shimoga constituency. The JDS-Cong coalition failed to secure a majority in Shimoga district in the recently concluded Assembly elections. But the party has a good presence in the constituency. Bellary In Bellary (a Scheduled Tribe constituency), the Congress has fielded its candidate — VS Ugrappa — with JD(S)’ support. He will take on BJP’s J Shanta.MandyaIn Mandya constituency, JDS secured all the eight seats in the Assembly election. A repeat is on the cards for the LS seat as JDS has fielded two-time MLA — LR Shivaramegowda to on Siddaramegowda of the BJP.Assembly by-pollsThe State will also witness two bye-elections for Karnataka Legislative Assembly seats — Ramanagaram (in old Mysuru region) and Jamkhandi (in north Karnataka).last_img read more

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PM tears into Opposition for doubting antiterror attack

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi addressing NDA’s Sankalp Rally in Patna on Sunday, March 3, 2019.   –  THE HINDU national elections Bihar COMMENT Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a blistering attack on the Congress-led opposition accusing it of focusing solely on trying to “finish” him off while he is working to quell terrorism, ensure national security, eradicate poverty and corruption, and generate employment.Addressing an NDA rally here in the presence of his Bihar allies — including Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan — Modi came down heavily on Opposition for their skepticism over the surgical strikes by the Army post the Uri terror attack, and the air strikes in Balakot after the Pulwama suicide bombing.“Is it appropriate for these parties to speak in a language that suits Pakistan? Leaders of the neighbouring country are using it as a shield to protect themselves against the charge of promoting terrorism. They are clapping gleefully,” Modi said.On Saturday, Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had asked the Centre to present evidence of the air strike on terrorist camps in Balakot. He had also “congratulated” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for releasing IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.Before that, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on February 28 said lives of jawans are much more valuable than electoral politics, but the nation has a right to know what actually happened at Balakot following the IAF’s air strike. The PM alleged on Sunday the Opposition parties were conspiring against him “while I want to eliminate terror. They are conspiring to finish me off.”Opposition demands proof “When the country needed to speak in one voice, 21 opposition parties gathered in Delhi to adopt a resolution condemning us. They are demanding proof from the armed forces for their act of bravery,” he stated.Without naming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, who has coined the slogan “Chowkidar chor hai” (the watchman is the thief), Modi said, “Those who run their political shops in the name of the poor and care for nothing except for their dynasties, are having problems with the chowkidar. But the chowkidar is alert and on the job.” Veiled dig at Lalu PrasadModi also took a veiled dig at jailed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, saying, “The people of Bihar have seen a lot in the name of purchase of fodder. Our government has worked for doing away with middlemen who siphon off public money. My heartiest congratulations to Nitish Kumar and (Deputy CM) Sushil Kumar Modi for pulling Bihar out of the dark times.” Addressing his first political rally with friend- turned-foe-turned-friend Nitish Kumar, the Prime Minister showered praise on the Bihar chief minister calling him “hard working and sophisticated“.“There seems to be a contest among the Opposition parties led by the Congress for hurling abuse at the Chowkidar. But the people of the country have made up their mind. They are going to punish these parties once again and teach them a few more lessons,” Modi said.The prime minister also asserted that the BJP-led government at the Centre wants to ensure that all sections of the society gain access to the best of facilities.The NDA government is working on all departments including roadways, railways and airways to improve infrastructure in Bihar, he said.Guest of honour at OICIn an apparent repudiation of the allegation that the BJP was against Muslims, Modi spoke about India’s rising stock in the eyes of Islamic countries which he said was reflected in the increased quota for Haj pilgrims and Saudi Arabia agreeing to free more than 800 migrants lodged in its jails.He said the presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as the guest of honour at the recent Organization of Islamic Cooperation conference exemplified that.“Such an honour was bestowed on India after five decades during which mostly the Congress and its allies were in power. Why the voice of India was not heard in Islamic nations during that period?” Modi asked.Haj quota and release of prisonersReferring to the recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Modi said, “I told him that India has a burgeoning middle class and requested for increase in the Haj quota of the country. As a result, the quota has been increased to two lakh people. Such an increase has been made only in the case of India“. The PM also said he took up with the crown prince the issue of Indians languishing in Saudi Arabia prisons for minor offences just because they were not familiar with the law of that nation. “He (Salman) sought a little time, and later in the evening at a dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan he asked me to have sweets. I wondered, why? He replied ‘we have decided to release 850 Indians from jails’” “My government is taking care of the concerns of every section of the society,” Modi said.Opposition parties have been accusing the BJP of pursuing an “anti-Muslim” agenda with its stress on issues like Ram temple, abrogation of Article, Uniform Civil Code, and introducing penal provisions for instant triple talaq. COMMENTS My government is taking care of the concerns of every section of the society, says Modi March 03, 2019 Published on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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Adequate funds in economy for NYAY

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Sharma says Modi govt in departure lounge Published on BJP Taking on critics, Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Thursday said there are sufficient funds for the proposed NYAY — minimum basic income scheme — and underlined job creation as the biggest challenge before the economy.“There is money in the country. We will generate more wealth and re-distribute it. The Congress has better minds for fiscal management. We can give 1.5 per cent of GDP for the poor,” he said at the launch of the Congress manifesto in Mumbai.Taking on questions raised by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on how the scheme will be financed, Sharma said India is an over $2-trillion economy in 2014 from a mere $460 billion in 2004. “The country has the money and the economy will grow further,” he said.Congress President Rahul Gandhi had last month announced the Nyuntam Aay Yojana, which would provide a minimum income guarantee scheme of ₹6,000 a month or ₹72,000 per year to 20 per cent of the country’s poorest families.Sharma, who is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said if voted to power, the Congress will fill 34 lakh vacancies in the Central Government by March 2020 and work with States to fill over 20 lakh vacancies. He also criticised the NDA government’s model of Goods and Services Tax and said, instead of the promise of one nation, one tax, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team have introduced one nation, five taxes. “Over 45 per cent of revenue is outside the GST,” he said, adding that the Congress aims to bring GST 2.0. ‘Time to go’Sharma said the NDA government was in the “departure lounge” and its time to “threaten and mislead” people was coming to an end. He also blamed Modi for lowering the level of political discourse and said his language is full of bitterness and violence.“He considers his political rivals as his personal enemies. We don’t want to engage in conversation by stooping to that level,” Sharma said. Elections 2019 COMMENTS national elections Indian National Congress April 04, 2019 Congress leader Anand Sharma   –  The Hindu COMMENT SHARElast_img read more

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MeToo No one hinted at MJ Akbars inappropriate behaviour witness tells court

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 20:51 IST Multiple women have come out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by MJ Akbar while he was working as a journalist. (File Photo)A witness, appearing in support of the criminal defamation case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar, told a Delhi court Monday that none of the colleagues who worked with her ever hinted at any inappropriate behaviour on his part as alleged by journalist Priya Ramani, who has accused him of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo campaign.Veenu Sandal, who wrote astrology and tarot card-related columns for Asian Age between 1994 to 2009 when Akbar was the editor, told the court that “not once did any of my colleague said or hinted at any inappropriate behaviour by Akbar”.”There was not a thing remotely similar to the allegations” levelled by Ramani against Akbar, she told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, while appearing as a complainant’s witness in the case filed against Ramani.Sandal, whose cross-examination concluded today, told the court that Ramani’s allegations had damaged the reputation of Akbar and people who knew of her association with him were asking various questions about the matter.During the hearing, Sandal was shown an article ‘Partnering with ghosts of the other world’, written in the context of #MeToo movement, Brexit and other contentious issues, which she confirmed was written by her on Oct 13, 2018.Senior Advocate Rebecca John showed her another article titled ‘Humans during day, snakes at night’, which Sandal confirmed as written by her.”I am to write about paranormal activities which includes the supernatural,” Sandal said.The court has fixed July 17 for examination of another witness introduced by Akbar in his defence.Akbar, who had resigned as minister on October 17 last year following the allegations levelled during the campaign, had told the court that “Ramani’s tweets used language that was deeply offensive, maligning, in bad faith, and a web of fabrication spun out of the lies”.Akbar filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. He has denied the accusations.Akbar had earlier told the court that the allegations made in the article in Vogue and the subsequent tweets were defamatory on the face of it as the complainant had deposed them to be false and imaginary.He had told the court in his statement that an “immediate damage” has been caused to him due to the scurrilous, concocted and false allegations of sexual misconduct.Multiple women have come out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by him while he was working as a journalist.Akbar has termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.ALSO READ | #MeToo: MJ Akbar resigns after 10 days of sexual harassment allegationsALSO WATCH | MJ Akbar accused of sexual harassment by senior journalistFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury #MeToo: No one hinted at MJ Akbar’s inappropriate behaviour, witness tells courtVeenu Sandal, who wrote astrology and tarot card-related columns for Asian Age between 1994 to 2009 when Akbar was the editor, told the court that “not once did any of my colleague said or hinted at any inappropriate behaviour by Akbar”.advertisementlast_img read more

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Delhi Arvind Kejriwal announces free safety kits for sanitation workers

first_imgDelhi: Arvind Kejriwal announces free safety kits for sanitation workersSpeaking at a workshop organised by the Delhi Jal Board at Talkatora Stadium, he said it feels dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 15:15 IST File photo: PTIDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his government will give free safety kits to sanitation workers in the national capital.Speaking at a workshop organised by the Delhi Jal Board at Talkatora Stadium, he said it feels dejected to hear about the deaths of sanitation workers.”We are concerned about the lives of sanitation workers and will give free safety kits to those working in Delhi so that no mishaps happen,” Arvind Kejriwal said.Around 4,000 workers joined the workshop.”We have organised a one-day workshop to enhance the skills of sanitation workers and make them aware about the use of safety kits. There are around 12,000 sanitation workers with DJB and around 4,000 joined the workshop,” said Vice Chairman of DJB Dinesh Mohaniya.”Earlier, there were only 50 per cent sewer lines in Delhi and in our tenure, it has gone up to 80 per cent,” the chief minister claimed.Arvind Kejriwal also spoke about the work done by his government on potable water supply in the city.”In the last 70 years, only 58 per cent colonies in Delhi had the facility of potable water supply lines but we have increased it to 93 per cent and in the next one year, every colony would have it,” Arvind Kejriwal said.ALSO READ | Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi Police spar over increased crime rate in capital, Atishi blames BJPALSO READ | AAP Report Card: Out of 1,000 Mohalla Clinics promised, only 191 deliveredALSO WATCH | Watch: Arvind Kejriwal slapped during a roadshow in DelhiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Arvind KejriwalFollow sanitation workersFollow Delhi Sanitation workersFollow Delhi water supplylast_img read more

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India gives Pakistan dossier on possible attempts to disrupt Kartarpur Sahib pilgrimage

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 00:04 IST The Indian delegation also sought consular presence in the gurdwara to be able to provide assistance to pilgrims, if required. (File Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia flagged its security concerns during a meeting during India-Pakistan Kartarpur corridor talksNew Delhi had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatistThe Pakistan side assured the delegation that no anti-India activity would be allowedIndia on Sunday handed over a dossier to Pakistan about individuals and organisations based in the neighbouring country which might try to disrupt pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, following which Islamabad assured that no anti-India activity would be allowed.The government Sunday said that Pakistan has “in-principle agreed” to build a bridge to connect with the Indian side and to allow visa-free travel for Indian passport holders and OCI card-holders.India flagged its security concerns during a meeting that took place between delegations of the two countries on the Pakistani side of the Attari-Wagah border to discuss the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor.New Delhi had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the project.After the second round of talks on the project, Home Ministry Joint Secretary S C L Das said Pakistani officials confirmed that controversial Sikh leader Gopal Singh Chawla was dropped from various bodies, including as secretary general of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC).”We have shared our concerns regarding individuals or organisations based in Pakistan who may try to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the opportunity,” he told a press conference at the Attari border on the Indian side”To highlight the concerns, we handed over a dossier today containing information about these organisations and individuals which may pose a kind of potential threat to our pilgrims. We have handed this over with a request that they seriously act upon it,” Das said.The Pakistan side assured the delegation that no anti-India activity would be allowed, the joint secretary, who headed the Indian delegation, said.On Chawla, Das said, “We had sought confirmation that individuals like Chawla were removed from the bodies to which we had raised an objection. So they confirmed in that Chawla had been removed from PSGPC and other bodies.”He said the Pakistani side was apprised of the ban imposed by Government of India on US-based pro-Khalistan outfit ‘Sikhs for Justice’.”We told them that we have declared this organisation unlawful and gave them our gazette notification banning it. We told them we have information that this organisation is also operating from their land,” he said.The Indian delegation also sought consular presence in the gurdwara to be able to provide assistance to pilgrims, if required.India urged Pakistan to take into consideration the sentiments of pilgrims to have smooth, easy and unrestricted access to the gurdwara throughout the year, Das said.A statement by the Home Ministry said Pakistan was requested to reconsider charging any fee or introducing any permit system for pilgrims.The Indian delegation comprised representatives from the Home Ministry, External Affairs Ministry, Defence Ministry, the Punjab government and the NHAI.A statement of the External Affairs Ministry said progress was made in finalising the draft agreement with regard to the modalities.”It was agreed to allow visa-free travel for the Indian passport holders and OCI card holders seven days a week. Throughout the year, 5000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara per day. The pilgrims will be allowed to travel as individuals or in groups and also on foot,” it added.India has been urging Pakistan that 5,000 pilgrims be allowed to visit the gurudwara every day and 10,000 additional pilgrims are allowed on special occasions with no restriction in terms of faith.Das said the delegation raised the issue of encroachment and acquisition of land belonging to the gurdwara.”We have requested Pakistan to honour religious sentiments and remove the encroachment, besides restoring the land to the gurdwara,” he said.The statement said Pakistan has agreed to look into the issue.The work on the four-lane highway to the crossing point at the IB is progressing well and is on schedule, officials said.It will be completed by end of September. India is also constructing a state-of-the-art construction passenger terminal facility that can accommodate 15,000 passengers, they said.The bone of contention is connecting the two sides at the zero point which was also discussed.India is constructing a bridge at the zero point and has urged Pakistan to build a similar bridge on its side that will provide safe and secure movement of pilgrims and address concerns regarding flooding.Another option proposed by Pakistan is building a causeway which is also not acceptable to India as it has been insisting on an all-weather bridge. The bridge is over a creek of which the majority part falls in Pakistan.The Indian delegation shared detailed flood analysis to Pakistan to highlight these concerns.The Indian delegation said earth-filled embankment or a causeway proposed by Pakistan will create problems for its people and this should not be built even in the interim.”Pakistan side agreed, in principle, to build a bridge at the earliest,” it said.”Pending the construction of a bridge over the old Ravi creek by Pakistan on their territory, India offered to make interim arrangements for making the corridor operational in November, given the historic importance of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev,” it added.Das expressed confidence that India would be ready to commence the pilgrimage on the auspicious occasion.ALSO READ | Amarinder Singh hails Pak’s decision to allow permit-free passage through KartarpurALSO WATCH | India-Pakistan Kartarpur Corridor talks successful, say officialsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma India gives Pakistan dossier on possible attempts to disrupt Kartarpur Sahib pilgrimageThe government Sunday said that Pakistan has “in-principle agreed” to build a bridge to connect with the Indian side and to allow visa-free travel for Indian passport holders and OCI card-holders.advertisementlast_img read more

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Privacy of citizens a severe casualty under BJP govt Surjewala

first_imgPrivacy of citizens a severe casualty under BJP govt: SurjewalaCongress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was not just the “big brother” but his crony friends are watching too.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:41 IST Randeep Singh Surjewala. (Photo: PTI)The Congress Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of selling personal data of citizens and said privacy has become a severe casualty under the BJP rule.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was not just the “big brother” but his crony friends are watching too.”Privacy of citizens has become a severe casualty under BJP Govt! Quietly the Govt has sold your driving licence data to private companies who can misuse it for their commercial gains! Not only Big Brother is watching, but his crony friends are too,” he said on Twitter.He cited a news report, which alleged that the government has given out data of citizens, while levelling the charges.Also Read | 3 ex-Congress MLAs likely to be inducted in Goa cabinetAlso Read | BJP approached Goa MLAs, offered ministerial berths: A ChellakumarAlso Watch | Now, 10 Goa Congress MLAs decide to join BJP, meet SpeakerFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow SurjewalaFollow congresslast_img read more

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